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Kevin McAlinan said authorities will initiate proceedings against Mississippi companies that hired illegal immigrants
Acting US Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAlinan on Sunday defended the recent raids on food processing plants in Mississippi, during which hundreds of illegal immigrants were detained. However, he acknowledged that the timing for the raids, a few days after an armed man killed 22 Hispanics in El Paso, Texas, “was not well chosen.”.
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, McAlinan revealed that of the 680 migrants detained during the raids at five companies, 200 have a criminal record and will be deported..
On television, children were shown crying, aware that their parents were detained during the raids and that they would not be met after school on Wednesday. However, McAlinan insisted that the raids were carried out “delicately”, taking into account the issue of childcare..
According to him, 32 of the detained migrants were released within an hour of their arrest, and 270 – during the day, often just for reasons of childcare..
The rules of the Immigration and Customs Service, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, call for the prosecution of companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants before the arrest of their migrant workers. But McAlinan avoided answering the question of why the charges were brought against workers and not companies..
He said that, “of course,” companies committed a crime by hiring such workers..
“This business will be dealt with,” he said..
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told NBC, “I don’t know why they did what they did. Employers should be responsible “.
She accused the Trump administration of running a “terror campaign” against immigrants, “which makes people afraid to go to work and school.”.
McAlinan said the raids were planned throughout the year and complement tougher immigration compliance measures along the U.S.-Mexico border to counter plans for migrants, mainly from Central America, to move to the U.S. to seek asylum..
The US “must take internal action” against illegal migrants who work in the US without official permission, he said. However, the Koreids, he said, could have been postponed after the shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso on the Mexican border. Supposedly, it was discovered by a white nationalist, whose actions, according to the police, were directed against the “Mexicans”.
Trump has made tough enforcement of immigration laws a hallmark of his tenure at the White House as he campaigns for his 2020 re-election. He called the wave of migrants making their way to the US border an “invasion”.
On Friday, he said: “If people come to our country illegally, they leave.”.